I know a lot of people who are almost deathly afraid of painting. Are you? Does the sight of a paintbrush bring fear to your heart? Make your pulse quicken? Maybe some psychologically see the word “PAIN” hidden in the word “PAINt” and make the assumption that it is just too hard to do. For those of you who are fearful, read on. For those who just think painting is a big pain in the patootie, read on, as well. My goal is to empower one and all with the knowledge that painting, although a lot of work, is such a rewarding skill to have. And…it is easy! Trust me on this.
Years ago my hubby and I were given the opportunity to rent an Eichler home in the California Bay area (think pricey!) for a very low comparable rent because our friend who owned it just wanted someone in there that he could trust to take care of it. Since we were getting such cheap rent, our friend asked us to repaint a long wall in the living room/dining room. We lived there for 8 months and I hated the way that that wall looked. In my opinion, it ruined the whole house. One Saturday, my hubby and I finally decided to tackle the wall project and you know what? It took us less than an hour of working time to paint the darn thing. Two coats of paint. Transformed the place! Made me wonder why we put it off. Guess we were just scaredy-cats!
I’m sure that we have all heard that the fastest and cheapest way to transform a room is with paint and that is so true! Last week I painted my master bath and I can’t even believe the difference it made.
The whole place feels happier to me. I almost hear angels singing every time that I walk in there! All that as a result of a few hours of work. Totally worth it!
I am in the midst of painting my family room and thought that I would share some pointers that make painting so easy. As with anything else, you have got to have the right tools and this is a tool that I love:
I got mine at Lowes for about $27. Not much more than it would cost to buy a roller brush with an extension plus a roller tray. Best part is you don’t NEED a roller tray. Genius! Basically you just suck up the paint into the stick handle with the included siphon. Absolutely no mess. I decided to see just how much I could paint in one minute. You know how much I like to time myself, right? Look how much I painted in 60 seconds:
It may be hard to gauge by a picture, but I was impressed. All that in one, non-rushing, normal paced moment.
This is how much one handle-full of paint covered…almost one whole wall!
The instructions say that it will take most of the first handle-full of paint to saturate the roller. From here on out, one handle-full would probably even cover much more area than this. By the way, when I say, “handle-full” I am referring to the amount of paint that the handle can hold. It literally takes about 5 seconds to siphon up a handle-full. And no messy pouring from the bucket. I LOVE this tool.
That said, what about the edges and trim? You can put your scaredy-cat painting claws away because I have another tool that makes this job, dare I say, EASY. Yep, I said it.
When I painted my master bathroom I didn’t use this tool. Stupid me! I spent so much time perfectly placing painters tape to protect my molding and trim. I have smartened up in my family room painting project. This edging tool saves me so…much…time. Seriously, you will want to kiss this tool when you see how much work it saves you. Basically, this little gadget holds a small painting pad and it has a couple of little wheels on one edge to help the tool glide along the molding. You can buy them wherever you buy your paint supplies. At less than $5, it is even cheaper than buying painter’s tape!
Oh, and here is a subject that needs its own paragraph: don’t buy cheapo paint. Just don’t! That is what I used to do and always planned to paint at least two times. When you buy good paint you can get by with just one coat of paint. Maybe a little touchup here and there. TONS of time is saved by buying good paint. You really don’t save any money buying cheapo paint either because you have to buy twice as much. It’ll probably cost you more. So, repeat after me, “No cheapo paint”. “No cheapo paint”. Got it? Good.
Other painting tips? Have a large brush for the corners (where two walls meet up). Honestly, I think that a large dollar store brush works fine for this (and I don’t feel bad about just tossing it instead of washing it afterwards…we are in a drought here).
Also keep a container of spackle close by to fill nail holes, etc.
So, has all this calmed your painting fears? Does the thought of painting seem less painful? I hope so! All said, it does take time to paint a room, a door, a piece of furniture, but believe me, that time is time well spent. When you sit back and realize what a difference a bit of time and some paint make you will realize it was all worth it. Take courage, my friend!
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